Prof. Sheila Kirkwood and
Professor Evgenia Belova are
involved in a research collaboration with the National
Atmospheric Research Laboratory (NARL) in Chitoor district
(in the Gadanki Village, near the temple town of Tirupati), Andhra
Pradesh, India. The research partner on the Indian side is Dr. T.
Narayana Rao at NARL.
In November 2006, the project, ”Research
Collaboration between NARL, India, and the Atmospheric Physics Programme
of the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF), Kiruna” was
given SEK 600 000 as a three-years grant from the Swedish Research
Links programme (funded by Sida and the Swedish research Council). More
information on the South Asia related Swedish research Links grants
2006. Project description: The purpose of the project
is to perform basic scientific research in the field of atmospheric
physics, primarily using atmospheric radar. Ongoing research at
the two institutes will benefit from complementary experience,
scientific competence, and observational facilities at the partner
institute. The scientific questions to be addressed deal with stratosphere-troposphere
exchange and the microphysics of mesospheric radar echoes.
Swedish participation is led by two senior women physicists, which
is very unusual in the field of radar meteorology, a field dominated
by men in all countries. However there is a growing number of women
scientists in the field in India, so an important priority within
the project will also be to broaden the possibilities for women scientists
from both sides to establish an international contact network.